Sunday's was such a success, organizers already are thinking ahead to next year's event.
This weekend's 5k and kids fun run kicked off at and Memorial Stadium and raised about $16,500 for the elementary schools. Not only that, but organizer Todd Davy said it accomplished another goal: It brought the North Canton community closer together as it works to .
"Our original goal was to give something back to the schools," Davy said. "We wanted to encourage our kids to be fit. We wanted to get our families out running. And we wanted to unite the four elementary schools as we transition into next year."
Davy said he's pleased with the response from the school district and the community in putting the event together and in participating Sunday.
"We've exceeded all of our expectations," he said. "We had volunteers from all over the district, from every school. We had help from the principals, from the superintendent. We just can't say enough about what the staff has done for us."
Below you'll find a list of the event's top fundraisers, who got their names on a plaque that will hang in each elementary school and a $20 gift card to Menchie's.
- Clearmount Elementary - tie, K'La Shelton and Noah Johnson
- Greentown Elementary - Madyson Rucktaschel
- Orchard Hill Elementary - Taylor Malloy
- Northwood Elementary - Rhiley Paskoff
- Mary L. Evans Early Childhood Center - Kylie Clugston
Female overall winner: Brigitte Fryan of North Canton, in a time of 19:38.42
Male overall winner: Jonathan Blake of North Canton, in a time of 17:46.25
And if you took any photos at the event, feel free to upload them to our story!